ASPN Welcomes New Show to the Network: The Fresh & Salty Podcast with the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association

America's estuaries are wonderlands of environmental value and economic horsepower. In 1972, Congress established the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which we believe is one of the great ideas on the American Shoreline. This podcast is about that system, the communities who rely on healthy bays and estuaries, the stakeholders, nature lovers, fisherman, recreationalists, and businesses that live, play and work in these special places.

Welcome to the Fresh and Salty Podcast, the newest show which debuts today on the American Shoreline Podcast Network. Fresh & Salty is presented by the ASPN and sponsored by our good friends at the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), a national nonprofit that supports and advocates for the Reserve System and their mission to serve their communities and the nation.

This unique show will focus on the NOAA-sponsored network of 29 Reserves that study and protect more than 1.3 million acres of estuarine lands and waters nationwide, much of them open to the public for recreation and learning.

The show will be a deep dive into the world of estuaries, those special places where rivers meet the sea or the Great Lakes of the upper Midwest. We will have as our regular guests on the show the people who know estuaries best — the scientists, educators, coastal professionals, NGOs, and the friends of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Like the waters of an estuary, this podcast will be a fresh & salty mix. We will explore the challenges facing estuaries and the nearby communities, serve up discussions of solution-focused science and education programs, and—we hope—raises the curtain on the beauty and wonder of the great estuaries of the American shoreline.

This pod is for anyone who lives, works, and plays on the coast, and believes like we do, that future generations should have the opportunity to do the same.

I have the privilege of hosting the Fresh & Salty Podcast and look forward to the informative, compelling, and insightful conversations to come.

On the inaugural episode released today, I am joined by two amazing guests: Cory Riley, the Reserve Manager at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Mark Silberstein, the Executive Director of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation in Monterey Bay, a non-profit organization that works in concert with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to conserve and restore one of the last remaining wetlands on the central California coast.

Fresh & Salty was developed by ASPN in collaboration with Rebecca Roth, President of the NERRA, and Delores Leonard, Principal of Roca Communications+, a NERRA partner.

Along with Tyler Buckingham, ASPN's Director of Content and the Producer of the Fresh & Salty series, we want to thank NERRA, Rebecca Roth, and Roca Communications+ for working to bring this show to ASPN and for the confidence and investment in our network to tell the incredible stories of America's estuaries. We look forward to a long and exciting collaboration.

Peter A. Ravella, Publisher

Coastal News Today & ASPN

Host of the Fresh & Salty Podcast